query in meta_form() function in /wp-admin/includes/template.php causes post/page editing to load slowly
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The function meta_form() on line 2329 of /wp-admin/includes/template.php contains this query:
$keys = $wpdb->get_col( " SELECT meta_key FROM $wpdb->postmeta WHERE meta_key NOT LIKE '\_%' GROUP BY meta_key ORDER BY meta_id DESC LIMIT $limit" );
On my server, that particular query shows up in the mysql "slow log" whenever I go in to edit a post. Presumably, it's being used to populate the menu under the "Custom Fields -> Add a new custom field:" section of the new/edit post/page form.
Our wp_postmeta table currently has 428,438 rows so that particular query is particularly slow. Unless I'm missing something, a better replacement query would be:
$keys = $wpdb->get_col( " SELECT DISTINCT meta_key FROM $wpdb->postmeta WHERE meta_key NOT LIKE '\_%' ORDER BY meta_key ASC LIMIT $limit" );
Running it on my server is more than twice as fast as the original. That removes the more resource expensive GROUP BY clause and sorts the result by the meta_key value, since using the meta_id for sorting is meaningless to populate the menu.
Change History (12)
- Component changed from Administration to Optimization
- Keywords has-patch added
comment:6 @jacobsantos — 6 years ago
- Keywords changed from meta_key,postmeta,post,page has-patch to meta_key postmeta post page has-patch
- Keywords tested added; meta_key postmeta post page removed